Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo and Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó meet in Malta to discuss the current situation in the Mediterranean and bilateral initiatives

Reference Number: PR201157, Press Release Issue Date: Jun 18, 2020
Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo and Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Peter Szijjártó during a brief visit to Malta.

Expressing their satisfaction at the consistently positive bilateral relations between the two countries - not least Minister Bartolo’s satisfaction that Malta was chosen among a number of countries to host over 8000 Hungarians students sponsored by the Hungarian government to take intensive English-language courses in various dedicated schools around Malta.

On similar lines, they reiterated their commitment to increase cooperation and strengthen tourism between Malta and Hungary, and to re-establish the positive trend which dominated recent years, before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The two sides also discussed the dire situation in Libya, in Africa, the spill-over effects on the Mediterranean and, by consequence, Europe.

In this regard, they spoke on the need for the EU to protect its Mediterranean border and to engage with African countries to sustain development and job creation in the same continent. Both sides agreed on the need to maintain a constant fight against human smuggling, to open asylum application processing centres, to repatriate failed asylum seekers and to strengthen the Libyan Coast Guard.    

In a statement following the meeting, Minister Bartolo thanked Minister Szijjártó for the latter’s declaration that Hungary will be supporting Malta in the 2022 election for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.